Dr. Drew Flanagan

Drew Flanagan
Dr. Drew Flanagan
Director of the History/Political Science Program
Assistant Professor of History

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-7634
Location: 217C Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. European History, Brandeis University 2018
M.A. European History, Brandeis University 2011
B.A. European History, Wesleyan University 2010

Short Bio

Dr. Flanagan has previously taught at Brandeis University and in the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Europe-Asia program in Le Havre, France. He has conducted archival research in France and Germany. He speaks French and reads German. He plays guitar and violin, sings, and writes folk songs.

Academic Focus

Dr. Flanagan is a specialist in 20th century French and German history, with a focus on the Second World War and the early postwar period, transnational and borderlands history, war and society studies, political anthropology and the history of memory. He teaches broadly in the areas of European and world history. At Pitt-Bradford, he teaches survey, intermediate and upper-division courses including “Renaissance and Reformation in Europe,” “Global History,” “World War II,” “Colonial Empires in the Modern World,” “East Asia: China, Korea, Japan” and “Fascism and Neo-Fascism.”

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Dr. Flanagan has received a number of prestigious grants and fellowships, including a Chateaubriand Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship from the Embassy of France in the United States and a National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholarship.

He is completing a manuscript for a book on the Allied occupation of Germany after the Second World War (1945-1955), focusing on the French Zone of Occupation in southwestern Germany. The book places the French occupation in the global context of decolonization in the French Colonial Empire (after 1946, the French Union), and considers how French occupiers applied experience and knowledge gained in the colonies to their mission in post-Nazi Germany.

Dr. Flanagan is currently completing an article manuscript on the career of orientalist, archaeologist, and propagandist Robert Boutet between French Morocco and occupied Germany. He has previously published two chapters in edited volumes:

“La Juste sévérité: Pacifier la zone française d'occupation en Allemagne occupée, 1945-49” in Emmanuel Debruyne and James Connolly eds. En territoire ennemi: Les occupations de la Grande Guerre et leurs héritières, 1914-1954 (Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2018).

“Tu Viens en Allemagne!: Französische Reiseliteratur und die Geschichte des Rheins, 1945-55” in Angela Schwarz and Daniela Fleiß, eds., Reisen in die Vergangenheit: Geschichtstourismus im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (Böhlau Verlag, 2019)